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Series of blasts reported in Kyiv on Saturday morning

Ukraine is bracing for a Russian mass rocket attack on Saturday, said a warning issued by Oleksandr Pavlyuk, deputy land forces commander of the Ukrainian army. On Saturday morning, several loud explosions were registered in Kyiv.

“Do not ignore air raid alarms, we are expecting a mass rocket attack, we are not excluding a possibility of the enemy rockets changing the initial course,” wrote Pavlyuk on Telegram.

The morning explosions in Kyiv were heard around 8:30 CET (UTC+1). Air raid sirens did not sound to warn the inhabitants about the danger. Usually, Ukrainian authorities notify citizens about the imminent attacks much in advance.

Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, wrote on Twitter: “Kyiv. A rocket attack on critical infrastructure. Details are being confirmed. Remain in shelters.”

The Mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, confirmed that blasts occurred on the left bank of the river Dnieper: “Explosions in the Dniprovska district. All services have been deployed to the site.”

People of Kyiv have also been sharing information on social media about increased activity of the Ukrainian air force over the city.

The authorities have also confirmed an attack on Kopylov, a village situated 45 kilometres west of Kyiv.

No one was hurt during the attacks but the blasts have damaged private dwellings.

Update on the Ukrainian front

Over the last 24 hours, Russians carried out 15 airstrikes on Ukrainian targets and five rocket attacks. According to the report issued by the Ukrainian General Staff, two rockets hit civilian infrastructure in Kostiantynivka in the Donetsk oblast.

The Ukrainian air force on Friday carried out nine air raids on locations with a large concentration of Russian troops, while artillery and rocket attacks hit two Russian control points, additional eight troops concentration points, a complex of anti-aircraft rockets, three ammunition depots, and two other strategic military installations.

The report also confirmed that the Russians are stepping up anti-diversionary activities on the occupied Ukrainian territories. In some locations in the Kherson oblast, Russians carry out random checks on private phones of local citizens to check for photos and videos of Russian military equipment. According to the report, by 12 January, three locals were detained on related matters and driven away to an unknown destination.

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